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C-TAC Applauds Passage of CHRONIC Care Act

C-TAC applauds the passage of the bipartisan, bicameral Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act which includes critically important C-TAC-supported advanced illness care policies. The legislation passed as part of a bipartisan congressional budget deal signed by President Trump early this morning. Several important C-TAC-supported Medicare reforms were included: GAO Study of Comprehensive Longitudinal Care Planning: The U.S Government Accountability Office…

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C-TAC Innovations Launches New Website!

C-TAC Innovations, the implementation affiliate of the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC), is excited to launch its new website to demonstrate the groundbreaking work it is doing across the country. The site will highlight the cutting-edge work of Innovations’ two divisions: Advanced Care Transformation (ACT) and Respecting Choices®. ACT works with leading health systems…

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Member Spotlight: AnMed Health

Founded in 1906 as the Anderson County Hospital Association, AnMed Health is the largest independent not-for-profit health system in South Carolina, with a staff of over 400 physicians and 3600 employees. AnMed offers an innovative in-house chaplaincy program along with spiritual support geared towards “soul care”. These services include family conferences with patients and physicians,…

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Cutting Edge Program Designed in Consultation with C-TAC Innovations

The first multi-provider collaborative for those with advanced illness in Florida has been launched in consultation with C-TAC Innovations in the St. Augustine area. Flagler Hospital, First Coast Health Alliance, and Alivia Care announced the Flagler Advanced Care Services (FACS) program, designed to improve the quality of care for people with serious and late-stage chronic…

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RAISE Family Caregivers Act Signed into Law!

This week, President Trump signed the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act into law. C-TAC applauds the enactment of this important legislation and looks forward to working with the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to implement its provisions. The RAISE Family Caregivers Act was sponsored by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Tammy Baldwin…

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C-TAC Submits Medicare Advantage (MA) Proposed Rule Comments

CTAC submitted the following comments this week for the Medicare Advantage (MA) proposed rule of 2019: Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act’s (CARA) provisions – We supported these as a sensible approach to the current opioid abuse crisis, but warned that any effort to minimize opioid abuse not inadvertently minimize access to these medications for those who…

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C-TAC Applauds Passage of RAISE Family Caregivers Act

This week, the U.S. Senate passed the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act, sending the bill to the president’s desk. C-TAC applauds the passage of this crucial bipartisan legislation and is committed to being an active partner during its implementation. The RAISE Family Caregivers Act is sponsored by Senators Susan Collins…

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C-TAC Applauds CMS’ Inclusion of Advance Care Plan Metric in New Bundled Payment

This week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new voluntary bundled payment program called the Bundled Payments Care Improvement (BPCI) Advanced model. The BPCI Advanced model creates incentives for providers to work together to improve care and lower costs for Medicare beneficiaries across 32 different clinical episodes. Providers will be judged…

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HHS Nominee Alex Azar Cites Importance of Advance Care Planning

On Tuesday, the Trump administration nominee for HHS Secretary, Alex Azar, cited the importance of advance care planning in his nomination hearing before the Senate Finance Committee. When questioned by committee member and advanced illness care champion, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), Azar stated that it is a “very important part of all of our personal care…

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